When 3D display tech meets 4K display tech in a dark alley, 3D comes out looking like 9 miles of bad road. At least this is my wholly and utterly subjective opinion on the matter. Both have their merits. When 3D works well it borders on majestic. But 3D is not for everyone or every situation. It causes vertigo and headaches for some and just looks muddy in some applications and movies. Conversely, 4K display resolution has the potential to enhance just about every aspect of your computing or TV viewing experience.

Now tablets are entering the 4K fray. Panasonic, believe it or not, has removed the kid-gloves and toiled in relative secret to produce a massive 20-inch 4K tablet with touch and stylus support for Windows 8. The panel type used is an IPS Alpha. Resolution tops out at 3840 x 2560 with 230 pixels per inch. That insane resolution can handle A3-sized paper, which I agree makes it nice for reading literary content like newspapers and magazine. It also lends itself to movies in obvious glorious ways. The included stylus matches the displays resolution so natural, smooth handwriting can be done on the new tablet. Plus in spite of its size, the thing weighs only 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs) and it is 10.8 mm (0.4 inch) thick.

Panasonic has stepped through a new door with this. I can envision many usage scenarios. But let’s look at this one Panasonic has provided.

An editor comes into the room carrying a 4k tablet with him, lays it flat on the table and switches it on to show the catalog data for perusal by the editorial staff. While they check each page of the print-ready catalog by tapping and swiping the touchscreen, the editor jots down instructions for color changes directly on the screen using the digital pen and transfers them to the printing company. The meeting wraps up after they make a final check of the revised data returned from the printer to ensure the changes have been made correctly.

One thing is certain: It could easily double as a kid’s frictionless toboggan when snow falls. More images here.

Shawn Sanders

Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.